I’m Tess, a twenty-something gal from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I define myself with a few terms that I know are fluid. I am an ever-changing, dynamic person (just like you!), and I’m okay with that.
I’m a vegan, a minimalist, an adventurer, a Sagittarius, a musician, a poet, an artist, and a deeply spiritual person. I write about each of these things on my blog in various posts.
I spent the first 18 years of my life in Minnesota, graduating from the same school district where I began my education. When I finished high school, I moved to Denver, Colorado, to study International Relations.
That didn’t work out very well for me. It took me a while to come to terms with that. A dream I’d had my entire life had fallen right before my eyes, and it was a real shock to my soul.
So, I did what I knew how to do: I moved home. I transferred to a different university. I changed my major to Social Work.
However, I still felt stuck. Restless. Dreadfully uncomfortable.
So, I did what I knew how to do: I followed my heart. I dropped out of school, for the first time in my life. And it was the greatest decision I’ve made to date. While I’m back in school for the time being, I’m eternally grateful for that year of growth and transformation.
I’m a big believer in doing whatever your heart tells you to do, instead of the conventional thing. You’ll read a lot about that here.
I have been to fourteen countries: the USA (my home), Guatemala (three times), India, Spain, French, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, the Czech Republic, and Poland. In the U.S., I’ve been to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, California, Oregon, New Mexico, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Colorado, Wyoming, Illinois, and DC. I’ve traveled extensively by myself–I backpacked Europe solo for 75 days in Feb-May 2018, and I went to India and Guatemala with two different organizations on my own.
Travel seems to be of interest to so many young people, but it *appears* to be just out of reach. I am here to tell you IT’S NOT. Travel is so accessible. The world is at your fingertips. The world is waiting–open your eyes. Let’s break down barriers and unearth your dreams. Travel is a human right and I’ll believe that for the rest of my life.
I am so passionate about vulnerability–I think there is strength in sharing weaknesses with one another. I write a lot about this.
I don’t really believe in the concept of “oversharing”; I have struggled. I have wept. I have endured incredibly difficult things and I don’t sugarcoat that here. I believe in learning from others’ experiences–I believe we are made for community. In this blog, I share some of my deepest struggles, trials, doubts, and fears. I also share some of my greatest triumphs, strengths, joys, and heights. I hope you’ll share some of yours, too.
Finally, I write a lot about wellness here too. I strongly believe “wellness” means something different to each human being–we’re all made so uniquely, and what a wonderful thing it is to embrace that. We’re all on this journey to know ourselves deeper, meaning your passions, callings, and joys may change along the way. This blog reflects that in me.
Thank you so much for reading! I can’t wait to hear from you.
If you’d like to reach out to me with questions or comments, or if you’d like to work with me, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“So if you care to find me / Look to the western sky! / As someone told me lately: ‘Everyone deserves the chance to fly!'”